National Trails Day is June 6! Help Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) prioritize trail maintenance by reporting any problems. Also, take the National Trails Day pledge at Trail users can take photos of the trails that BSCO can use for social media posts. Those can be sent to PHOTO COURTESY BSCO



As Big Sky ramps up for summer and the community recreates, a host of volunteer opportunities are available. While visitor travel increases and people return to their second homes, social distancing is still recommended. State officials attempt
to bolster the economy while protecting the populace from COVID-19. In light of the required quarantine and influx of people from out of state, Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO) anticipates there will be an uptick in requests for mail pickup and delivery services.

Big Sky residents take to the outdoors and trails anyway, but BSCO is noting heavy use of area trails. With that, they hope the public will assist in a few ways: help pick-up trash and pet waste, notify BSCO of any full trash cans, empty dog bags or suspicious behavior. A trail ambassador report can be filled-out here.

According to Mackenzie Johnson, BSCO program manager, additional ways to help the community include:
. Donate a little bit to the local relief fund
. Support local businesses by getting take-out once a week or purchasing gift certificates
. Keep in touch! Call or set up a virtual meeting with your neighbors and friends to check in
. If you know someone who is experiencing anxiety and depression, refer them to the Big Sky Medical Center or WIA for emergency mental health services

Johnson also noted the Big Sky Community Food Bank has some volunteer opportunities. To help, call the food bank at (406) 995-3088 or email and put “volunteer” in the subject line.

The food bank website says more than 100 volunteers have donated over 1,630 hours of their time in the last year.

Additional information for local volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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